View from the Top


Events and Programs

College of Engineering
312 McLaughlin Hall # 1704
Berkeley, CA 94720-1704

Berkeley Engineering is a nexus of innovation largely because of our strong connections with the most creative minds in Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The View from the Top lecture series spotlights thought leaders in technology, industry, and education, bringing them onto campus to share the latest developments and ideas with our academic community.

Upcoming speakers:

Cancelled Clyde Rodriguez, (B.S. ’06 EECS) CTO, Cloud, and Advanced Technology Group, Bank of America
Founder, Eleva Mobility
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020 | Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall 12:00 pm
Lunch will be provided

Previous speakers:

Tara Bunch, (B.S.’85 ME) vice president, AppleCare, Apple, Inc.
The Road Less Traveled
Feb. 6, 2020

Craig Federighi, ( B.S. ’91 EECS, M.S. ’93 CS) senior vice president, software engineering, Apple, Inc.
Questionable Advice from One Very Lucky Berkeley Engineer
Nov. 21, 2019

Chandrika Tandon, business leader, Grammy-nominated artist, and humanitarian
Breaking Boundaries
Sept. 27, 2019

Thomas Siebel, founder, chairman and CEO, C3 Energy
Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction
Sept. 19, 2019

Judy Chou, senior vice president and global head of biotech, Bayer Pharmaceuticals
Being a Biotech Entrepreneur in a 155-Year-Old Company
April 4, 2019

Gary Dickerson, president and CEO, Applied Materials Inc.
Navigating the Perfect Storm – A New Semiconductor Playbook for the AI Era
March 12, 2019

Ashraf Habibullah ( M.S. ’72 CEE) founder, CEO, and president, Computers & Structures, Inc.
Empowering the Next Generations of Engineers! …. to lead, influence and inspire in a changing world
February 26, 2019

Kishore Seendripu (M.S.’92 MSE, Ph.D.’96 EECS), founder, CEO, president and chairman, MaxLinear, Inc.
“An accidental entrepreneur: My journey from Berkeley to Wall Street”
March 20, 2018 |

Lisa Davis, member of the managing board, Siemens AG
Economic Decarbonization – Breaking up Old Energy Chains by Creating an Integrated System
September 28, 2017
More from Lisa Davis: Become part of a new energy system

Daniel Rasky, chief & senior scientist, Space Portal Office, NASA Ames Research Center
Lessons Learned from Disrupting the Civilian Aerospace Industry
April 5, 2017

Martin Anstice, president & CEO, Lam Research
Innovation-Driven Leadership – Sustaining a High-Performing Organization
March 8, 2017

Renu Thomas, executive vice president, Media Operations, Engineering and IT, Disney|ABC Television Group
Breaking Barriers and Leading Change
September 8, 2016

David Patterson, professor, EECS
My Last Lecture: How to Be a Bad Professor
May 6, 2016

Simon Segars, chief executive officer, ARM Holdings
The Changing Face of Computing, from  Servers to Sensors
September 23, 2015

Gary Guthart, president & CEO, Intuitive Surgical
Robotics in Soft Tissue Surgery: Current State & Future Directions
March 3, 2015

Dr. Arati Prabhakar, director, Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
“Breakthrough Technologies to Shape Our Future”
February 13, 2015

Eicke E. Weber, director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
The Global Energy Transformation – a Challenge for Science, Technology and Politics
August 29, 2014

Richard K. Miller, president, Olin College of Engineering
From the Ground Up: Rethinking Engineering Education
March 4, 2014

Thomas Siebel, founder, chairman and CEO, C3 Energy
New Business Formation
February 7, 2014

Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square, and founder, Twitter
Punk, Dropout, Massage Therapist @jack
October 3, 2013

Harry Shum, corporate vice president for search product development, Microsoft
Bing Dialog Model: Intent, Knowledge and User Interaction
March 8, 2013

Seiuemon Inaba, founder and honorary chairman, FANUC Corporation
Advancing Manufacturing and Innovation
Dr. Inaba receiving the Chancellor’s Citation
September 12, 2012

Arun Majumdar, former director, Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
A New Industrial Revolution for a Sustainable Energy Future
August 30, 2012

William F. Banholzer, executive vice president and CTO, Dow Chemical
The Future of Alternative Feedstocks and Biofuels
February 16, 2012

Janet Napolitano, secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Securing Cyberspace: Our Shared Responsibility
April 25, 2011

Leslie E. Robertson, partner, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
“A Conversation with Leslie E. Robertson”
April 11, 2011

Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Ceramics, Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
“A Conversation with Yet-Ming Chiang”
March 31, 2011

Coleman Fung, founder and chairman, OpenLink Financial
Preparing Engineers for Leadership
November 19, 2010

Mike Delaney, vice president of engineering, Boeing
“Engineering Leadership in a Global Enterprise”
September 16, 2010

Craig Barrett, chairman of the board, Intel
The Business of Innovation
April 21, 2009

Richard Kerris, chief technology officer, Lucasfilm
The Past, the Present, and a Peek at the Future for Technology at Lucasfilm
April 7, 2009

T. Gary Rogers, chairman of the board, Levi Strauss & Co.
Lessons Learned since Berkeley Engineering
March 19, 2009

Alfred Spector, vice president of research and special initiatives, Google
Innovation at Google
January 27, 2009

Arun Sarin, chief executive (retired), Vodafone
Leadership in a Changing World
November 19, 2008

James Truchard, president and co-founder, National Instruments
Founding and Growing into a Billion Dollar Technology-Driven Company
November 6, 2008

Judy Estrin, chief executive officer, JLabs
Sustainable Innovation
October 30, 2008

Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer, Microsoft
Shaping the Future with Technology
October 9, 2008

Sanjay Mehrotra, president and COO, SanDisk
A Conversation with Sanjay Mehrotra
September 17, 2008

Tony Stelliga, chairman and CEO, Quellan Inc., and founder, Softcom
Engineering Your Roadmap to Success: Trends, Thoughts and Lessons Learned in the Engineering World
March 18, 2008

Kirk Hachigian, chairman, president and CEO, Cooper Industries
A Conversation with Kirk Hachigian
November 9, 2007

Bruce Chizen, CEO, Adobe Systems Inc.
“A Conversation with Bruce Chizen”
November 1, 2006

Stephanie DiMarco, founder and CEO, Advent Software
“Lessons on Long-Term Success in the Software Business”
April 19, 2006

Ken Behring, real estate developer, philanthropist and founder, Wheelchair Foundation and the WaterLeaders Foundation
“From Wheelchairs to Water: Help for the Developing World”
February 1, 2006

Barry Lam, founder, chairman and CEO, Quanta Computer
“A Conversation with Barry Lam”
November 16, 2005

Gary Fitzmire, vice president of engineering and information systems, Boeing
“Innovation at Boeing: Now and into the Future”
October 4, 2005

Floyd Kvamme, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
“Nanotechnology: A Washington Perspective”
September 14, 2005

Paul Jacobs, CEO, Qualcomm
“Not Just Talk: 3G CDMA”
September 7, 2005